DC Small Business Week 2018


The first week of May is National Small Business Week — CNHED is proud to work with our government agencies and the small business community to organize and promote events and activities in celebration of small business for the District’s own DC Small Business Week 2018!

Whether you’re a small business, a supporter, or an organization providing assistance to small business, you can join in the week’s coordinated activities.


Small Business: The Heart of DC Rewards Program

Get a 10% discount during Small Biz week from participating local small businesses by presenting the Rewards Card (print or digital) throughout the week. Click here for the REWARDS CARD and a full list of participating DC small businesses!  — Businesses located in every ward–


Small Business Events Throughout the Week:

Download a pdf version of the calendar here 


Kickoff of DC Small Biz Week at Shop Made in DC 

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Shop Made In DC (1330 19th Street NW)
CNHED with District government partners and planning committee will officially kickoff of Small Business Week to recognize, support and promote the District’s small businesses and the many organizations that work with businesses through every phase of their development – start-up, existing and growth. We’re also introduce the Small Business: The Heart of DC Reward Program at this year’s DC Small Business Launch Host. Attendees will participate in raffle! Must RSVP- click here.

*Sponsored in part by HSBC Bank, N.A

Canvass the Corridors

12:00 pm – 2:00pm
Just after the Kickoff, volunteers will disperse throughout the District’s neighborhood commercial corridors to connect with small business storefronts to share information and resources available. Please sign up  to join a Canvas brigade!

Franchising 101

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
DCRA, Small Business Resource Center, Room E-200 (1100 4th St. SW)
Are you contemplating a career change? Have you been thinking about “doing something else” that gives you more control over your own time and provides a pathway to financial freedom? If so, you might want to add franchising to your list of possible career options. Through this session, participants will learn what franchising is, how a franchise operates, how to properly research and find the “perfect fit” franchise that minimizes financial risk and maximizes the probability of success based on a personal assessment of their skillset and background. Register Here: www.dcrasbrc.ecenterdirect.com/events/signup/45285

Access to Capital- Financing your Small Business

4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library (3935 Benning Rd NE)
The Congress Heights CTDC, Great Streets BLC, Destination Congress Heights MS program and WACIF will lead a four session Entrepreneur’s Business Speaker Series for Wards 7 & 8 on doing business in DC as a small business. Guest speakers include members from the Department of Small and Local Business Development and the Washington Area Community Investment Fund lending team. Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ward-7-8-entrepreneurs-business-speakers-series-tickets-45349561760?aff=es2

Retail Ready Maker Loan

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Shop Made in DC (1330 19th Street, NW)
Network with other producers and learn about a new way to access capital for your maker business! People Make Place, Shop Made in DC and LEDC are partnering to bring you a Retail Ready Maker Loan- access funds from $1000 to $50,000. Meet our partners at LEDC, a team and hear first-hand from the owner of MezzeBox, a catering and pop-up service, how access to capital has helped move his business forward at many phases. Register:  www.eventbrite.com/e/retail-ready-access-to-capital-tickets-45288983569?aff=efbeventtix

Financing and Accounting

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Inclusive Innovation Incubator/In3 (2301-D Georgia Avenue NW)
Street Entrepreneurs is presenting a workshop aimed to help entrepreneurs understand finance/accounting basics so that they can more effectively plan their businesses. You will learn the fundamentals of budgeting and financial reporting to gain better insight into your business.  No prior finance or accounting knowledge is required to attend this presentation. Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finance-and-accounting-tickets-44798756286



Annual POWER UP DC Forum: Insights into Small Business Success

8:00 am – 1:30 pm
The Fairmont Hotel (2401 M St NW)
Registration fee: $30 per person.
DC Health Link and the Washington Business Journal are pleased to partner on the second annual POWERUP DC breakfast, designed to give small business owners and the companies that serve them the insights that they need for success. Hear research on the state of small business; what keeps small business owners up at night; and what is their outlook for the year? Register here: http://bit.ly/2pYT5bZ

Ask the Expert! How to Market Your Business

10:00am – 12:00pm
DCRA, Small Business Resource Center Room E-200 (1100 4th Street SW)
This event provides attendees with the opportunity to network and learn the latest insights from industry experts in marketing. Learn from experts how to reach your target audience, what your business needs are and how to get your business story out there. Register: https://dcrasbrc.ecenterdirect.com/events/45446

Veteran’s Business Stakeholder Meeting

5:00 – 6:30 pm
DCRA, Small Business Resource Center, Room 1107 (1100 4th St. SW)
The DC Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs partnered with the DC Department of Small & Local Business Development to launch a monthly Veterans’ Business Stakeholders meeting. The aim is to build a stronger support for our local veteran businesses through government and community support. Register here: www.eventbrite.com/e/veterans-business-stakeholder-meeting-tickets-45141081189?aff=erellivmlt

#2 Licensing & Certified Business Enterprises CBE Certification

6:00 pm– 8:00 pm
Old Congress Heights School, Main Auditorium (3100 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave)
Session #2 of the Congress Heights CTDC, Great Streets BLC, Destination Congress Heights Main Streets program and Wacif four session speaker series on doing business in DC as a small business. Register here: www.eventbrite.com/e/ward-7-8-entrepreneurs-business-speakers-series-tickets-45349561760?aff=es2

Let’s Push

6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
DC Women’s Business Center (727 15th St, NW)
A 2-3 hour seminar for business owners to provide a basic overview of the lending packaging process. Participants will learn the fundamentals of securing credit and capital and applying for a microloan. This course will prepare women entrepreneurs to gain access to capital to grow their businesses. Register Here: www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-push-tickets-44495480179

3-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association host a free 3-day virtual conference. Participate in all the webinars or pick and choose the topics you like. You will also have the opportunity to meet other business owners and chat with industry experts. The Virtual Conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference, but without the hassle of traveling.
Register here: https://www.sba.gov/national-small-business-week/virtual-conference

1:00 pm –How Changing Consumer Behavior Impacts Your Business -Technology allows you to understand consumer behavior better than ever. Join this webinar by Anastasia Kudrez of Google to learn how these insights can help shape your digital marketing plan, and what you can do to position your business for success.

2:30 pm –Addressing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace-In this timely and informative seminar from Paychex, we’ll discuss workplace discrimination and harassment – including sexual harassment. You’ll learn about employer liability under federal law, as well as the elements required to establish an affirmative defense to harassment claims. We’ll also cover specific policies and procedures for handling complaints, investigations, and retaliation, that can help protect your employees and your business.

4:00 pm –Get New and Repeat Business On Autopilot with Email Marketing-Your business thrives on bringing in sales from new and existing customers. Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring in those sales more frequently without having to spend a lot of time doing so? In this webinar by Constant Contact, we’ll show you some simple ways to repeatedly reach customers with email marketing.

5:30 pm –Creating and Sustaining a Strong Social Presence -You want to use social media for your business, but where should you start? Vistaprint’s Sarah Nunes will explain why you should be on social and some easy-to-use tips and tricks for small business owners to improve or create strong social media campaigns.


2018 Small Business & Economic Development Summit/ DC Chamber of Commerce

8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fee: $65/members and $80/non-members
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW)
The DC Chamber of Commerce summit is great opportunity to gain new business, build your network, acquire new ideas & learn new skills! Register here: https://washingtondccoc.wliinc16.com/events/2018-Small-Business-Awards-Economic-Summit-473718/details

Small Business Administration (SBA) 2018 Small Business Awards Ceremony

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: $25.00 (Advance registration and pre-payment is required)
National Transportation Safety Board Conference Center (420 10th Street, SW)
Join the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO), Maryland Women Business Center, and SCORE as we celebrate the contributions and success of our local small businesses during National Small Business Week. The award ceremony will start with a morning networking breakfast follow by awards present to SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year for the DC, MD, & VA, as well as 8(a) Graduate of the Year, Small Prime Contract of the Year and Small Business Subcontractor of Year. Register here:  http://conta.cc/2oxGXx7

3-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week (DAY 2)

Register here: www.sba.gov/national-small-business-week/virtual-conference

1:00 pm –The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses –  Join Visa’s Vice President of the Visa Business and Economic Insights team, Bruce Cundiff, as he shares the near-term outlook for the U.S. economy including the health of consumer spending, housing prices, and more. You’ll learn how consumer spending preferences are changing, what stock market growth and volatility mean for consumer spending, and what all of this means for small businesses.

2:30 pm –Managing Your Finances in the Cloud -Did you ever wonder what advantages moving your company to the cloud could offer?  Have you ever thought about making the switch but weren’t sure how or why?  This session by Intuit will uncover many reasons why businesses are making the move and discuss some best practices in how to use this technology to keep your business relevant and nimble.

4:00 pm –Grow Your Business in 2018 -Join this webinar by Square to learn how to use small business technology tools to streamline your work and give you back valuable time.

5:30 pm –Simple Steps to Choosing the Right Financing – Choosing the right source of financing for your business’ growth is more complicated today than it used to be – and because of all the different options available, it requires a savvier borrower than ever before. Join this webinar by OnDeck to learn which financing options are right for different types of businesses and how likely you are to get approved.

Vinetta + Booz Allen Workshop Series

6:00 – 9:00 pm
Booz Allen Innovation Center (901 15th Street NW)
The Vinetta Project is partnering with Booz Allen Hamilton to host a series of workshops with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide insights on how to gain access to the federal market. These workshops will provide information on the following topics: accessing federal market opportunities, small business certification, revealing “who’s who” in the federal space, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, and more. Register here: https://vinettaproject.typeform.com/to/w3oHyi



The Requirements for Doing Business in DC

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The HIVE 2.0 (1231 Good Hope Road SE)
Join the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and the Washington DC Economic Partnership to learn the steps necessary to operate your business in the District from a panel of experts including representatives from DCRA’s Corporate Division, Business License Division, Vending Division, Small Business Resource Division and the Office of Tax and Revenue. Register Here: The Requirements for Doing Business in DC

EnrichHER Spark Washington, DC Summit

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WeWork White House (1440 G St NW)
EnrichHER Spark conferences are local initiatives designed to help entrepreneurs with coaching, capital, and connections. In business, the saying is “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” EnrichHER Spark allows entrepreneurs to advance their businesses by making meaningful face-to-face connections with local leaders, investors, business coaches, and like-minded entrepreneurs. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/enrichher-spark-washington-dc-summit-tickets-39325648072?aff=es2

Business Speed Coaching

4:00 – 7:00 pm
DCRA, Small Business Resource Center, Room E-200 (1100 4th Street SW)
Join DCRA’s Small Business Resource Center for their first Speed Coaching event. This event is organized so that you have opportunities to network, and in 15 minute timeslots have face-to-face sessions with District government agencies and non-profits that provide technical assistance throughout the District. Register: https://dcrasbrc.ecenterdirect.com/events/45581


FRIDAY MAY 4, 2018

3-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week (Day 3)

Participate in all the webinars or pick and choose the topics you like. Register here: https://www.sba.gov/national-small-business-week/virtual-conference

1:00 pm –Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints & Keep Your Customers-In this webinar sponsored by Chase, Jay Baer, founder of Convince & Convert, reveals brand-new, proprietary research into why and where your customers complain and why the rise of customer complaints is actually an enormous opportunity.

2:30 pm –Sharing Your Story Through Video -Today’s consumers can watch video content whenever and wherever they want. This creates an opportunity for businesses to reimagine the role of video content in their marketing strategy. Join this webinar by Google to learn best practices for connecting with consumers through online video.

4:00 pm –Pop & Play: How Opening a Pop-Up Shop Can Help Launch Your Retail Brand-What do Amazon, Chobani, Hermes and a taco truck have in common? All four recognize the magic of the pop-up shop. In this webinar by Kimco Realty, find out how a pop-up can help you bring your brand to life, create a one-of-a-kind customer experience and tell your brand’s unique story to a built-in audience.

5:30 pm –Fusion Marketing: The Next Generation of Marketing -Award-winning inventor, entrepreneur and author Lon Safko examines this new concept of “interconnecting” your traditional and digital tools. You will look at your marketing efforts in a completely new way. In this webinar, you will learn how to get exponential results without spending a dime more.

Digital Marketing Assistance

In concert with BloomShift, GWHCC will offer up to 25 hours of free digital marketing assistance for qualifying businesses. Any business registered in Washington, DC may apply but the program is designed to serve low and middle-income DC-based businesses who need marketing support to reach the next level. Rolling admissions are accepted until September 2018. Register here: www.bloomshift.com/assist


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